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Cinema Cindy Reviews Ben-Hur

on August 23, 2016 - 4:06pm
By Cynthia Biddlecomb
Los Alamos
“Ben-Hur”, a fifth re-make based on the 1880 novel, was released Friday, Aug. 19. Did it need to be remade? Perhaps not—attempts made in 2003 and 2010 bombed.
The best-selling novel was first made into a film in 1907 and again in 1925. Our favorite version came out in 1959 staring Charlton Heston, winning 11 Oscars. So why make a new one? Modern film technology can make a better chariot race. The tag line for the recent release is “Brother against brother. Slave against Empire.”
Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston) and Messala Severus (Toby Kebbell) have

United Church Thrift Shop Holds Half Price Sale Aug. 30

on August 23, 2016 - 4:00pm
The Thrift Shop at the United Church, 2545 Canyon Road, is having a half price sale on Aug. 30.
Everything in the store will be half price. The store is open 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday mornings. 

Estimated $109 Billion Annual Cost Of Drowsy Driving

on August 23, 2016 - 3:05pm
GHSA News:
We all know not to drive drunk, drugged or distracted, but what about driving drowsy? The Governors Highway Safety Association issued a new report in collaboration with State Farm titled Wake Up Call!
Understanding Drowsy Driving and What States Can Do, highlights the dangers associated with driving tired. Among them: drowsy driving can closely mimic drunk driving, 10-20 percent of large truck and bus crashes involve fatigued drivers, and society loses $109 billion annually due to drowsy driving crashes.
Check out the full report here: 

A Business Case For Solar Discussion Wednesday

on August 23, 2016 - 3:02pm
PES News:
To better educate the public about solar energy, the system installation process and cost savings, Karen Paramanandam with SunPower by Positive Energy Solar (and member of projectY cowork Los Alamos) is hosting discussion “A Business Case for Solar," at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 150 Central Park Square, Los Alamos.

Paramanandam is suggesting that business owners and homeowners interested in learning more about solar energy also bring their utility bills with them.
The event is free, and the public can RSVP at 

USPS Honors Festival Of Diwali With Forever Stamp

on August 23, 2016 - 3:00pm
USPS News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Postal Service will commemorate the joyous Hindu festival of Diwali with a Forever stamp. The Wednesday, Oct. 5, first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony is at the Consulate General of India in New York City. 
The stamp design is a photograph featuring a traditional diya oil lamp beautifully lit, sitting on a sparkling gold background. Diya lamps are usually made from clay with cotton wicks dipped in a clarified butter known as “ghee” or in vegetable oils. 
Also known as Deepavali, Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil.

Public Invited To MPNHP Committee Meeting Friday

on August 23, 2016 - 9:09am


The public is welcome to attend the next committee meeting of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26 in Room 110 of the Los Alamos County Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

The agenda should be posted by Wednesday morning on the webpage, which has been updated with news from the July meeting.

Visit this link:

Campus Is Bustling On First Day Of Classes At UNM-LA

on August 23, 2016 - 8:59am

Students are spotted soaking up knowledge as classes begin Monday at UNM-LA for the Fall 2016 semester. Enrollment tops 1,000 students, which is up more than 16 percent from last fall. Campus is bustling, many classrooms are full, parking is challenging, and everyone seems excited to begin a new semester. Courtesy/UNM-LA

Daily Postcard: Sun Setting Over Otowi Mesa

on August 23, 2016 - 8:39am
Daily Postcard: This photo is taken Monday from a home at the end of Los Pueblos as the sun is setting over Otowi Mesa, highlighting the cliffs, mesas and a bit of rainbow. Photo by Steve Greene

Volunteers Needed For Adult Literacy Program

on August 23, 2016 - 8:19am
Incoming Basic Literacy tutors with their tutor certificates. Courtesy photo
The Rio Arriba Adult Literacy Program provides free one-to-one tutoring for adults reading below 6th grade level, and for new English learners. Volunteer tutorsare needed to help an adult in the community learn to read better, or learn to speak English.
The requirement is just two hours per week and the volunteer chooses the time. Meet in any public location, including the Los Alamos or White Rock library.
Take the free Basic Literacy tutor training Friday, Sept. 9 in Española.

Protecting New And Existing Parks For Next 100 Years

on August 23, 2016 - 7:25am
Environment New Mexico Research & Policy Center

There’s no better time than the 100th anniversary of our national park system to redouble our efforts to protect our country’s most spectacular natural areas.

Our top priorities this Centennial include:

#1 With its massive size, colorful walls, and breathtaking views, the Grand Canyon is one of the most amazing places on earth. But while the national park itself is protected against destructive activities like mining and drilling, the area surrounding it is not.

Justin Holmes Of Los Alamos Achieves Eagle Rank

on August 23, 2016 - 6:44am
Parents Rich and Nan Holmes watch as Scoutmaster Steve Mosier awards their son Justin Holmes his Eagle rank Sunday during a special ceremony with assistance by Marie Bourguet and Thomas Mosier. Photo by Robert S. McClees
At a special ceremony Sunday, newly honored Eagle Scout Justin Holmes with his parents, Rich and Nan Holmes, and Troop 122 Scoutmaster, Steve Mosier. He is flanked by a nest of Eagle Scouts from left, Mike Gordon, John Gordon, Duncan Fuehne, Thomas Mosier, Ethan Aulwes, Tommy Calandra and Ryan Holmes. Photo by Robert S. McClees

DALA Opens Auditions For Nutcracker On 'The Hill'

on August 23, 2016 - 5:36am
Scene from Nutcracker on 'The Hill'. Courtesy photo
DALA News:
Dance Arts Los Alamos, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization and dance education studio in Los Alamos opens auditions for Nutcracker on “The Hill”.
Conception of the production began in January 2015 in association with The Los Alamos Historical Society. Artistic Director Jonathan Guise brings new life to the classic tale of The Nutcracker by entwining it with the true historical characters involved in the historic Manhattan Project.
Auditions are Saturday, Aug. 27 at White Rock Dance Studio 111 Longview Dr. 
  • 11 a.m.

Los Alamos High School Teacher Kathy Boerigter Receives Prestigious Presidential Award For Excellence In Science Teaching

on August 22, 2016 - 7:56pm
 Los Alamos High School teacher Kathy Boerigter has received the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching, which she will receive in September at the White House in Washington, D.C. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus congratulates Los Alamos High School teacher Kathy Boerigter for being honored with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching. P
hoto by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Today, the White House announced the recipients of the prestigious Presidential

UNM-LA Cuts Ribbon On Newly Renovated Fire & EMS Training Facility

on August 22, 2016 - 5:50pm
UNM-Los Alamos CEO Dr. Cynthia Rooney and UNM-LA Advisory Board Chair Steve Boerigter cut the ribbon placed in front of the ambulance simulator Aug. 11, officially opening the renovated Fire & EMS Training Facility on campus. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Interior of the simulated ambulance used for training at UNM-LA. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
UNM-Los Alamos

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) hosted an Open House and ribbon cutting event Aug. 11 to celebrate the completed renovation of the Fire & EMS Training Facility.

Pajarito Lodge #66 Performs Masonic Cornerstone Ceremony At New Unitarian Church Of Los Alamos

on August 22, 2016 - 5:15pm
Members of Pajarito Lodge #66 march from their building to the new Unitarian Church. The Lodge performed a Cornerstone Dedication Ceremony Sunday at the Church. Many cornerstones in public buildings across the U.S. and the world have been laid by Freemasons. The cornerstone at the base of the United States Capitol was laid in 1793 by President George Washington, Acting Grand Master of Masons. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
The Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons, Dennis Anderson, left, and members of Pajarito Lodge #66 prepare to perform the Cornerstone Laying Ceremony.

LANL: DOE Pilot Program Connects Entrepreneurs With Expertise At National Laboratories

on August 22, 2016 - 5:08pm

PajaritoPowder, LLC, a fuel-cell-catalyst company based in Albuquerque, is one of the voucher recipients that will partner with Los Alamos. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory will give technical assistance to three fuel-cell technology companies, including one based in Albuquerque, that have been awarded vouchers by the Department of Energy as phase two of the Small Business Voucher (SBV) pilot program.

The program partners small businesses working toward clean-energy technologies with national laboratories so they can better leverage their world-class capabilities and

Heinrich Hosts NSF Director, Highlights STEM Education And Community Empowerment Programs

on August 22, 2016 - 4:57pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) with National Science Foundation Director Dr. France A. Córdova and Northern New Mexico College staff and students today at NNMC. Courtesy/Heinrich Staff


U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) was in Rio Arriba County today with National Science Foundation (NSF) Director Dr. France A. Córdova to promote educational investments in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and highlight training programs to prepare students for New Mexico's high-tech job industry.

Senator Heinrich and Director Córdova toured Northern New Mexico College to

Obituary: Harold B. Davis Aug. 20, 2016

on August 22, 2016 - 4:55pm

HAROLD B. DAVIS Aug. 20, 2016

Harold B. Davis, age 86, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Saturday, August 20, 2016.

Harold was born a few weeks before the start of the great depression. It is said that people who grew up in these times came from “Hearty Stock” and he was no exception. Harold was a generous and loving father, husband and friend but he was also “Tough as Nails” with a “Soft Marshmallow Center”. As strong and determined as he was, Harold succumbed to a sudden illness and passed away in a very short time, which was a shock to all who knew and loved him.

Harold was


Bernie Event At Los Alamos Democratic Party HQ

on August 22, 2016 - 4:14pm

Letter To The Editor: Black Bear Safety ... The Bear Facts

on August 22, 2016 - 1:51pm
Los Alamos

Fr. Glenn Jones wishes that “…someone catches and transports these bears hanging around town…” (letter). I sympathize with Fr. Jones in looking after the safety of his flock. The problem is that Los Alamos is a rural, mountainous town and is naturally black bear habitat. Removing a bear or three will not remove the fact that we share our county with wildlife, bears and other large animals included.

Thankfully, black bears are rarely aggressive towards humans. The recent attack in the mountains resulted from a runner surprising a mother with cub.

PEEC’s Geology Program For Kids Starts Sept. 20

on August 22, 2016 - 1:03pm
Kids will participate in hands-on activities and field trips provided by the summer Pebble Pups program. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
Youth ages 5 to 9 are invited to explore geology this fall at the Los Alamos Nature Center in the Pebble Pups program, organized by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).
This program helps kids embark on a journey to learn about rocks, fossils and local geology through active games and activities with Patrick Rowe of the Los Alamos Geological Society and an experienced PEEC educator.

LAHS Student Participates In National Program

on August 22, 2016 - 12:26pm
Los Alamos High School student Erica Keevama participated with 24 other NNAYI participants this summer at the Association of American Medical Colleges. Courtesy photo
AAIP News:
A San Juan Pueblo and San Ildefonso Pueblo high school student was part of 25 teenagers nationwide to participate in the 18th Association of American Indian Physicians’ National Native American Youth Initiative (NNAYI) program.
Erica Keevama. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos High School student Erica Keevama joined 24 teenagers from across the nation to participate in the 18th Association of American Indian

Letter To The Editor: Bears Posing Threat In Los Alamos

on August 22, 2016 - 10:06am
This bear is captured on video prowling around the parking lot on and off all day Sunday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 3700 Canyon Road, and escaping down the canyon when spooked. Photo is a PrintScreen from video footage
This bear is standing up at a trash dumpster Sunday on the grounds of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 3700 Canyon Road, where it hung around on and off all day. Photo is a PrintScreen from video footage
By Fr. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church

I hope someone catches and transports these bears hanging around town soon.

LANL Scientist David L. Clark Receives 2017 Glenn T. Seaborg Award For Nuclear Chemistry

on August 22, 2016 - 10:05am

David L. Clark is the recipient of the 2017 Glenn T. Seaborg Award for Nuclear Chemistry from the American Chemistry Society. Photo by Rod Searcey, Stanford, Calif.

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory chemist David L. Clark has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Glenn T. Seaborg Award for Nuclear Chemistry, sponsored by the American Chemical Society Division of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology.

“Dave is well-known for his breadth of accomplishment in actinide synthesis, characterization, and electronic structure elucidation, as well as the development of modern multi-method

Pipe Band Plays Ashley Pond Pavilion Wednesday

on August 22, 2016 - 10:05am

The Albuquerque & Four Corners pipes and drums bagpipe band's logo on the bass drum. Photo by TK Thompson


Weather permitting, The Albuquerque & Four Corners pipes and drums bagpipe band is set to perform 6:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday in the pavilion at Ashley Pond Park.

The band is committed to promoting the listening pleasure and ongoing education of bagpipe music and invites the community to attend this free event.